Memphis is one of the largest metro areas in the Southeastern U.S. but retains a small-town atmosphere. Memphis is well known for attractions like Graceland and the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum, and is home three Fortune 500 companies — FedEx, International Paper and AutoZone. There are 10 colleges and universities in Memphis.
Tennessee's statewide dual enrollment program allows students to take college-level courses while still in high school, earning college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution.
Several colleges in Memphis offer certificate or two-year degree programs to help students start careers sooner rather than later.
Concorde Career College focuses on training students to become medical and dental assistants, lab and pharmacy technicians, radiology and surgical techs.
Empire Beauty School and the Memphis Institute of Barbering are among those that provide students opportunities to build cosmetology skills in areas such as hair design, hair cutting, color, texture, and basic skin care.
The Southwest Tennessee Community College offers more than two dozen programs in topics such as business, hospitality management, automotive service, funeral service education, paralegal studies, and computer engineering.
The University of Memphis is home to FedEx Institute of Technology, which promotes interdisciplinary research and innovation in emerging technologies such as drones, cybersecurity testing, autonomous vehicles, robotics, and precision medicine.
At Rhodes College, students can take Pancake Study Breaks, served by faculty and staff, during finals week. Rhodes offers dual degree programs for students pursuing undergraduate degrees before going on to earn more technical or specialized degrees at one of several partner universities.
Christian Brothers University, founded in 1871, offers students opportunities to join on-campus student groups based on Greek life, student leadership, social action, religion and more.
The above-named universities in Memphis offer a range of graduate programs, while two other institutions focus on advanced degree programs in health and medicine: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Southern College of Optometry. The Memphis Theological Seminary offers both master's and doctoral programs in ministry and divinity.
If you'd like to learn more about higher education opportunities in Tennessee, visit our Tennessee colleges page.